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Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life. Each episode is packed with practical tips, inspiring stories, and more.

Episode 28  •  Aug 05, 2019  • 

The Art of Leatherworking: An Interview with Joseph Philips

One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the ability it gives students to follow their interests. For homeschool graduate and artist Joseph Philips, his passion for leatherworking inspired him to start his own small business where he shares his projects and custom designs with others. Listen to this week’s episode of Homeschool Talks to learn more about the skill of leatherworking and explore the benefits of creating and appreciating art.

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Episode 27  •  Jul 15, 2019  • 

Vikings, History, and Homeschooling: An Interview with Noah Tetzner

One of the great advantages of homeschooling is the ability it gives students to follow their interests. By launching his own podcast, 17-year-old Noah Tetzner was able to pursue his passion for history—and share it with the world! Hear Noah’s story on this week’s episode of Homeschool Talks.

21:10 min.
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Episode 26  •  Apr 08, 2019  • 

Mastering the Art of Writing: An Interview with Cheryl Carter

Writing is a gateway to opportunity. But anyone who has sat down to write the perfect novel, essay, or cover letter knows that writing is not easy. So how can you help your child cultivate this important skill? Hear the answer from homeschooling mom, novelist, and professional writing instructor Cheryl Carter on this week’s Homeschool Talks.

55:30 min.
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Episode 25  •  Mar 25, 2019  • 

Celebrating Black History Month: An Interview with Joyce Burges

A great benefit of homeschooling is the ability to both incorporate your family’s cultural heritage into your children’s educational experience, as well as explore other cultures. So last month, to celebrate Black History Month, Mike Smith sat down with Joyce Burges, Founder of National Black Home Educators, to talk about honoring cultural heritage. Hear Joyce share some of the engaging ways she and her children have explored and nurtured their African-American roots—in today’s episode of Homeschool Talks!

46:06 min.
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Episode 24  •  Mar 11, 2019  • 

Balancing Work and Homeschooling: An Interview with Dr. Kristina Tanner

Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to pursue the career you love while educating your children at home? Dr. Kristina Tanner, who is both a college music professor and a homeschooling mother of five, demonstrates that it’s definitely possible. Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Talks to hear Dr. Tanner share her story as well as tips on how to balance homeschooling and an outside career.

49:32 min.
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Homeschool Talks is the successor to HSLDA's now-retired radio program, Homeschool Heartbeat. To browse the Homeschool Heartbeat program archives, click here.

About Homeschool Talks Podcast

Are you a homeschooling parent looking for practical tips on teaching your kids, or simply someone who is interested in learning more about homeschooling?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life, and each episode is packed with down-to-earth guidance, inspiring stories, and more.

To get started listening, you can use the player above, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, follow our RSS feed, or subscribe to our email list.

We are always looking for new ideas and feedback, so if you have something to share, please don’t hesitate to let us know by sending an email to info@hslda.org with “Podcast” in the subject line.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served for three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego. He graduated in 1972 and was admitted to practice law in the state of California shortly thereafter. He is licensed in Virginia, California, and Washington, D.C.

In 1981, Mike’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program that introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. Mike and his wife began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After several years, however, it became obvious that God had exposed the Smith family to homeschooling for many other benefits, including spiritual development and family integrity. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled.

When he started with HSLDA, Mike began defending homeschooling in California both in court and before the legislature. In 1987 he came to HSLDA full-time, serving as its vice president until 2001, when he became its president. In addition to serving as President of HSLDA, he also is HSLDA’s lawyer for California, Nevada, and Puerto Rico.

Mike’s favorite part of his job is going to homeschool conferences and meeting those he calls America’s greatest heroes—homeschooling moms.

Diane Kummer

Diane and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade using a variety of teaching options. Both of their children went on to college and are now well into their careers.

Diane joined the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association in 2005 to help develop HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program. As the HSLDA Consultant Program Administrator and one of HSLDA’s High School Consultants, Diane regularly speaks nationwide at homeschool conferences and presents high school symposiums, sharing from her experiences and her imperfect (but real) homeschooling days! Her practical and encouraging high school seminars provide information that inspires parents to continue teaching their teens at home with confidence.

Diane enjoys writing articles (such as regular columns for HSLDA’s Home School Court Report magazine as well as articles for other publications), brochures on high school topics, and a monthly high school newsletter filled with helpful tips. She reviews new resources and provides personal consultation to HSLDA members.

Diane loves math and taught high school math classes for homeschooled students for many years. She also led a homeschool group of over 200 families, while coordinating classes and activities.

In her free time, Diane enjoys teaching ladies’ Bible studies and being involved in pro-life ministries. Having graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management, she enjoyed a banking career prior to starting a family and beginning her homeschool adventure.